Sailing Counsellor-in-Training (CIT), Sailing

Age 15

Sessions 1–2, July 4–29, Free

Sessions 3–4, August 2–26, Free


Ready to expand your leadership and sailing skills? This specialized CIT program is for participants who are interested in sailing, childcare and education. With the guidance of our staff, CITs will further refine their leadership skills in a supportive setting, offering generous feedback and mentorship. CITs will receive one week of programming, workshops and training before their first placement. This week will focus on learning about supervision, communication, cooperative games, initiative tasks, anti-bullying, camper management and conflict resolution. CITs will also get to refine their sailing skills and understand the day-to-day operations of sailing camps on-land and on-water.  

CITs will complete three separate week-long placements at sailing camps, where they will shadow a working Sailing Counsellor or Instructor and begin their interaction with campers as a leader! CITs will come together for one full day per week during their placements to reflect on their experiences and engage in programming designed to prepare them to work as a Sailing Counsellor or Instructor in the future. CITs will receive weekly evaluations so that they receive ongoing and consistent feedback. 

Please note: Applicants will be asked to fill out an application form to aid in the selection of appropriate participants. We thank all applicants for your interest in our CIT program and taking the time to complete an application, however space is limited. Applications are due by June 24, 2022, please apply here. You will be asked to create a profile and will be taken to the application selection page. You will want to select the application titled “Counsellor-in-Training.” Applications after June 24, 2022, will be considered subject to availability. Successful applicants will be informed no later than June 27, 2022. Once an applicant has been accepted, additional information will be required.    

Upon completion of the four-week program, CITs will receive 85 volunteer hours for their camp placements. CITs who successfully complete the program will receive an interview with Harbourfront Centre Camps the following season, provided they properly apply for the positions available on our website. 

Prerequisites: Must have CANSail certification of any level prior to enrolling in this program.

Please note that all participants in our marine programs are provided with a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while participating in the program and that the proper use of the PFD is strictly enforced. Participants are welcome to use their own Canada-approved PFDs should they have them.

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